Kieren Jack

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Kieren Jack
Personal information
Full name Kieren Jack
Date of birth (1987-06-28) 28 June 1987 (age 27)
Original team NSW/ACT Rams (TAC Cup)
Height/Weight 178cm / 78kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Sydney
Number 15
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007– Sydney 154 (116)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2010 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 11, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Kieren Jack (born 28 June 1987) is a professional Australian rules footballer for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

The son of former Balmain, NSW and Australian rugby league player Garry Jack,[1] Kieren is the eldest of three brothers raised in Cherrybrook, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney. His younger brothers are Rhys and Brandon.

His first experience of Australian rules was in the Paul Kelly Cup in 1998 in primary school playing for the junior Pennant Hills Demons AFC. He went on to play a key part in premierships with the junior Demons in 1999 and 2000.[2] He played both rugby league (for Balmain's juniors) and Australian rules until 2000 before breaking the news to his father that he wanted to stop playing league to focus on Australian Rules. He was identified by AFL talent scouts and taken by Sydney in the 2005 Rookie Draft from the NSW/ACT Rams Under 18 team.[3]

AFL career[edit]

Before even making his debut, Kieren made news in 2007 as one of four players allegedly involved in an AFL betting scandal, though many criticised the AFL's decision to identify him as his was only a $5 bet.[4] He was later promoted from the rookie list. Notable for his tackling and running abilities, he plays as a midfielder for the Swans. In round four, 2008, he gained a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for his role on West Coast Eagles onballer Daniel Kerr in a match the Swans won by 62 points (their biggest win over the Eagles since 2000). In the same season, he also shut down the likes of Shaun Burgoyne and Luke Power in games the Swans have won by considerable margins.[citation needed]

In 2009, he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, contesting the Australian football against Leon Davis along the floor of on an ice hockey rink. In 2010, Jack continued to improve the offensive side of his game, while able to negate some of the star midfielders of the AFL. His career year was capped off with taking home the Bob Skilton Medal as the Swans' best and fairest player over Shane Mumford and Josh Kennedy. He was also named on the International Rules squad to tour Ireland in October.[citation needed] After a breakthrough season in 2010, Jack struggle through much of 2011 with an ankle injury. He missed 6 games due to injury and was for the most part unable to recapture his form and impact from 2010. He played his 100th AFL game for the Sydney Swans against Essendon in Round 11, 2012. He finished 4th in the 2012 Bob Skilton Medal a week after kicking 2 crucial goals in the Swans' Grand Final victory at the MCG over the Hawthorn Hawks. In 2013, Jack was named co-captain of the Sydney Swans, alongside 2012 Premiership Captain, Jarrad McVeigh. This decision was made after previous co-captain Adam Goodes announced he was stepping down from the position. Jack captained his first match against Gold Coast Suns in Round 3 of the 2013 NAB pre-season cup.[citation needed]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to round 22, 2014[5]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2007 Sydney 48 2 0 0 8 10 18 4 4 0.0 0.0 4.0 5.0 9.0 2.0 2.0
2008 Sydney 15 23 11 9 171 113 284 69 91 0.5 0.4 7.4 4.9 12.3 3.0 4.0
2009 Sydney 15 22 13 10 174 149 323 55 85 0.6 0.5 7.9 6.8 14.7 2.5 3.9
2010 Sydney 15 24 21 15 307 181 488 68 147 0.9 0.6 12.8 7.5 20.3 2.8 6.1
2011 Sydney 15 18 6 7 228 115 343 36 96 0.3 0.4 12.7 6.4 19.1 2.0 5.3
2012 Sydney 15 25 27 13 359 242 601 65 140 1.1 0.5 14.4 9.7 24.0 2.6 5.6
2013 Sydney 15 25 24 14 350 281 631 53 159 1.0 0.6 14.0 11.2 25.2 2.1 6.4
2014 Sydney 15 20 14 11 275 210 485 68 104 0.7 0.6 13.8 10.5 24.3 3.4 5.2
Career 159 116 79 1872 1301 3173 418 826 0.7 0.5 11.8 8.2 20.0 2.6 5.2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Swans back Jack
  2. ^ Kieren Jack profile, news.com.au/dailytelegraph
  3. ^ Jack of a new trade joins Swans, smh.com.au, 13 December 2005.
  4. ^ Kieren Jack in betting scandal, news.com.au/dailytelegraph
  5. ^ Lewis Jetta's player profile at AFL Tables

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